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  • On Jan 31, 2021
    Sue from TN Asked

    trying to decide if we should keep late April reservations. Is enough open to warrant the cost? Would it be better to cancel for another year?

    Hi Sue,

    Welcome to planDisney, and thanks so much for bringing us this great question! While questions like yours make me wish we could sit down and chat over a LeFou's Brew, I'll do my best to share my opinion on whether you should keep your trip as planned or postpone your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth.

    My first questions for you would be, have you been to Walt Disney World Resort before, and do you think you'll go again? If you've been a time or two and see yourself returning again down the road, I think a visit during this strange season of history would be something you'll remember and cherish forever. Are things different now? Yes, of course, they are. Due to Disney's commitment to health and safety, some things do feel different, and some beloved experiences are not currently available. But is the magic still there? ABSOLUTELY! My family and I visited in December, and it felt incredible to enter through those magical welcome gates and return home again. Most attractions were still open, and because the crowds were smaller, we spent less time waiting in lines. While a few restaurants are still closed, many are open, and we were able to enjoy all of our family favorites...and discover a few new ones, too! Disney has done a fantastic job of reimagining ways to see and interact with Characters, and the cavalcades, flotillas, and safe spaces where friends could frolic and wave from a distance still put smiles on all of our faces. Our Disney Resort hotel had plenty of activities and amenities to enjoy and felt like home away from home. Perhaps most importantly, the Cast Members all around Walt Disney World Resort were friendly as ever and seemed so happy to be back at work, making the magic happen for all the Guests. There was just something about walking down Main Street, U.S.A., enjoying some friendly competition on Toy Story Mania!, and having my favorite Disney snack (a Mickey Pretzel with cheese) that made life feel normal again! We, personally, were glad to be there, felt very safe, and loved experiencing our happy place. I think you would, too! 

    If, however, you've never been to Walt Disney World Resort, and you're planning a once in a lifetime trip, I would probably encourage you to postpone your visit a little longer. Seeing the night sky light up behind Cinderella Castle during Happily Ever After, watching any little ones in your party transform into princesses or knights at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and hugging your favorite Character during a Character dining meal are all classic Disney moments that I'd love for you to be able to experience at least once in your life. If you think this will be your only chance to visit, I'd keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for news of returning experiences, and hold off on your trip...for hopefully not too much longer!

    I hope this was helpful as you decide what's best for you and your family, Sue. Whenever you decide to visit, I hope that your vacation is truly magical!

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Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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